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Tombstoned: Tombstoned
Doom Metal, Psychadelic Stoner Metal
Svart Records
November 14th, 2013
Release length: 47:07
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Tombstoned may be a relatively new group, but they have definitely been making waves in the Stoner and Doom Metal worlds. This Helsinki, Finland trio formed and unleashed their first demo in 2010, followed by their Searching/Let Go EP they issued themselves 2012. After playing Roadburn in 2013, the band found themselves signed to Svart Records, and now present their debut self-titled full-length to the hungry masses waiting anxiously for more. But is this the album what fans have come to expect, or is this just one eclectic mess?

Tombstoned may only be six tracks long, but the extended lengths allow the band a chance to blur the lines between their Psychadelic Stoner Rock ways, and the trudging pace of crushing Doom Metal riffs, a task they seem to do almost naturally. “Through Days” ushers in that signature sixties sound with a solid buzz on the guitars and loud, twanging bass that create a catchy groove with a slightly raw atmosphere. While somewhat upbeat, the slower pace creates a very laid back and hazy atmosphere that will have your head bobbing along to the infectious gallops and heavily echoed clean singing. That altered sensation increases as the pace slows about four-and-a-half minutes in that not only makes the song more trippy, but also ushers in an extensive period of darkness that grows.

The end of “Through Days” feeds the start of “Daze of Disintegration.” Another haze-fueled performance, it finds a strong drum introduction that isn’t as muffled against louder, slower guitars that act as a point of euphoria, sending the world into slow motion. The guitar solos only increase the sensations, pulling you out of your body for a wild ride that comes crashing down to the ground violently in the trudging, depressing bass-heavy Doom Metal performance. “The End” really stands out thanks to some thinner riffs, but the song’s overall haunting atmosphere, giving it a bit of a ritualistic vibe with deeper riffs that give off a little more authority. At times you can even sense a little first wave of Black Metal at work comparable to early Mercyful Fate without ever leaving the Stoner Rock field.

From the catchy, somewhat upbeat start on “Through Days,” all the way to the slow, remorseful “Last Waltz,” Tmbstoned is a superb debut full-length album that delivers on all the promises the band has made over the past three years. Fans of the Psychadelic Stoner Rock genre of the past, or its recent revival movement will find six solid songs that don’t waste any time, making use of the extended lengths with catchy riffs, infectious gallops, subtle melodies, and music able to invoke a literal altered state, even ritualistic paranoia. Tombstoned live up to the hype that has been created in their wake, making this self-titled venture a mandatory surreal experience.

01. Through Days – 7:07
02. Daze of Disintegration – 9:53
03. Rat Race – 6:20
04. The End – 5:01
05. Faded – 7:21
06. Last Waltz – 11:24
Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

Tombstoned

Digital review copy of this release provided by Svart Records.